Former Limpopo MEC abused her office – Madonsela

2012-09-29 19:33

Former Limpopo roads and transport MEC Pinky Kekana abused her office to trigger the arrest of a political opponent and must apologise publicly within 30 days.

That’s Public Protector Thuli ­Madonsela’s ruling after she was called in to investigate allegations by former ANC Youth League
Limpopo deputy secretary and member of the provincial legislature Thandi Moraka against Kekana.

Madonsela found that Kekana ­acted irregularly and abused her ­office by instructing traffic police to stop Moraka from leaving a youth league conference.

Kekana became Limpopo’s economic development, environment and tourism MEC after a Cabinet ­reshuffle in March.

In her complaint, Moraka accused Kekana of ordering her arrest after she was accused of stealing accreditation documents from the youth league’s conference in Makhado in April 2010.

The theft charge was later dropped.

In her interview with Madonsela’s office, Kekana did not deny setting traffic police on Moraka, but was adamant she had done nothing wrong.

Kekana claimed she was “duty-bound” to report Moraka’s alleged crime.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and the provincial legislature have also been ordered to sanction Kekana within 30 days, while other roads and transport department officials have been ordered to ­apologise.

Madonsela said Kekana’s “conduct amounted to maladministration” and ruled that she “abused her official position as MEC while ­attending a private, party political event to set state resources in her ­department in motion to settle a ­political score”.


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